The start of Spring Break proved to be a challenge for the Hopkinsville Tigers baseball team as they faced off against Lafayette in Niceville, FL. Despite putting in their best efforts, the Tigers lost 9-3 to Lafayette.
The game saw Lafayette take control of the scoreless game in the fourth inning by scoring four runs. Hoptown answered in the top of the fifth with two runs of their own but that wouldn’t be enough. Lafayette scored another in the bottom of the fifth, held the Tigers to one in the top of the sixth, and added four more in the home half of that inning.
Christian Hayden, the pitcher for Lafayette, put up an outstanding performance, leading his team to victory. He pitched for five innings and surrendered only two runs on four hits. He also struck out two batters and walked none. The combination of Binder and Bounds also proved to be formidable as they came in as relief and helped close out the game.
On the other hand, Gavin Mitchell, the pitcher for Hopkinsville Tigers Varsity, took the loss. He only worked two innings, allowing five hits and four runs. The team’s starting pitcher, JJ Thompson, had a decent outing, lasting four innings and allowing four runs on three hits. He also managed to strike out five batters.
Although the Hopkinsville Tigers lost the game, they had some players who stood out, including Thompson, Thomas Hallmark, Chris Medina, Chase Fort, and Andrew Mayes, who each had one hit. It’s also noteworthy that the team played a clean game without committing a single error on the field. Mayes had the most chances in the field, with eight, and contributed significantly to the team’s defense.
In conclusion, despite the Hopkinsville Tigers Varsity’s best efforts, they couldn’t match Lafayette’s performance on the field. Nevertheless, the team had some excellent individual performances and played a clean game defensively, which is a positive takeaway from the game.